How I Got High Google Page Ranks with Synthasite

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Short answer: I don't know. Google is ever mysterious, and always evolving.

Long answer: These are the things that I think helped most...

First, my sites, and page ranks:

A web comic:
http://redmenace.synthasite.com/ or Li'l Nyet - 0
Another webcomic:
http://scratchinpost.synthasite.com/ or Scratchin Post - 4
A reference and how-to site for webcomics:
http://psychedelictreehouse.synthasit... or Psychedeltic Treehouse (Treehouse for short) - 6

1. I installed Google Analytics. But I made a mistake on Lil\'l Nyet and didn't put it on every page. That hurt that site.

2. I stayed close to my category, which for Google's sake is comics or webcomics. That means I linked to other comics sites when appropriate, and limited linking to unrelated sites.

3. I did favors for comics people, and said by way of thanks, they could to me. Some did, some did not. The ones that did show up routinely on my anlytics.

4. When visiting comics forums and commenting on comics blogs, I signed my name, followed by my links.

5. I recently learned that the words above a link matter, so now I include the word comics above them, as I did above. This explains the link to readers, and confirms Google's understanding of it.

6. After a few months of tinkering, my sites were ready for a broader audience. I used EntreCard to add a traffic boost, followed by ads on Project Wonderful. EntreCard traffic is not sticky, but I did pick up some regular readers from it, and the increased traffic made me look more respectable to advertisers when I started hosting ads on my site. Note: To do EntreCard right is time-consuming, and not recommended for people on a tight schedule.

Project Wonderful is a much cheaper ad service than Google but it is built around comics, games and related areas. New category members are trickling in, but most people will find limited opportunities there until it gets bigger. It is a lovely, helpful site, though. I give it a "10."

7. If you decide to host ads to supplement your ad budget you can try Google, Project Wonderful or a few others. You'll get more money for ad locations visitors can't miss.

8. My PR6 site, the treehouse, is a huge site with thousands of links to comics and comics sites. This gives it an authority that is unusual: few people can or want to manage so many links. You also might not want them on your home page. Create a few extra pages with titles like Annex, Links, Resources, Related Vendors and the like and fill them as you find worthwhile links. A link to an obvious site -- the photographer who links top Kodak, for example -- will be almost meaningless, but a cluster of links to meaningful sites of various sizes will matter.

9. After you have found a valuable person to have link to you, befriend them. If you have personal chemistry, let the relationship grow naturally. Put their link on your site, but don't announce it. A portion will develop a fondness for you and your site and will link to you. I'm not saying to be phony, or pretend to like someone who is unpleasant. I am saying to offer unsolicited support and goodwill, gradually over time, and let nature take it's course.

10. Sadly, you don't want to do link trades too much. Google prefers unreciprocated links because people swap meaningless links all the time to try to get a higher page rank. This is why category is so important to Google: comics sites link to comics sites, not to plumbers. I can't tell you how to balance it, because I don't know Google's formula. Therefore, letting things evolve naturally is good.

A huge benefit of my Treehouse site, which is all about comics, is that if someone links to my comics I can reward them with a big, fat link on the Treehouse, with illustration in many cases. Perhaps you should spread outgoing links between your site and a blog site, for example.

11. Don't try to beat the system. General principles of search engine optimization should be researched and understood, especially for merchants. (Comics don't have this issue -- we actually promote our competitors instead of trying to knock them down the rank.)
I don't know how Google factors traffic generated from various social networking sites (including EntreCard), but to the extent that it generates pass-through traffic or bartered traffic, Google has certainly figured out a way to discount it. Fact: the best thing you can do is make your site as wonderful and easy to use as possible, quick to load and clearly organized. Don't hype yourself. Just look classy and responsible and ask experienced people to criticize your site. With Synthasite, it's easy to change things, so your site should go through periods of evolution as you learn and hear feedback.

12. Watch your choice of fonts. Synthasite has added in the five months I've been using them, and I am sure they will add more. Will every font has its uses, the current roster includes poor man's versions of Trebuchet (Verdana) and some others that are low rent. This is Microsoft's fault, not Synthasite's, as they chose the bad ones for inclusion with their browser (all fonts must be known by a browser or it will substitute another font). Times NR is useful for conservative looks. Gill Sans is a 100-year-old font of great distinction that I use heavily. The fonts in our comic word balloons are not browser compatible and not offered by Synthasite, but are embedded in the image so the browser reads them like a picture.

13. Synthasite is a great place to learn about customer service if you are a merchant. Learn from their desire to please, their sincerity in talking with you, their determination to follow up no matter what, and their friendliness. Note that like anyone, they will set limits for people who are over-demanding, so choose your questions and advice requests with care so as not to overwhelm them. It's partly because I got great help last week that I have set aside time to offer these tips to other Synthasite users. I want to do the help squad a favor, and give them a reference to share with people.

14. If you read this far, you probably want to make your site a success, you chose Synthasite for service and ease of use (not to mention upcoming feature additions), and you probably see that building a site will be a long term commitment, requiring a year or more to really get rolling in many cases. You probably have the sense to see that there is no gimmick or quick fix that will propel your site toward high rankings. There will be lucky breaks -- a favorable review, an unexpected high powered link -- and there will be times when you feel stuck and frustrated. I think you'll find if you think back to where you were two months before, you'll be amazed at how far you've come.

P.S. Use every part of your Google Analytics. Read every report (not every day of course) until you understand what it is telling you. Entry Sources is particularly useful once you get going.
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  • very pleased with Synthasite

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Bengo, what can I say?? You ROCK! What a privilege to have someone using our tool with such a depth of understanding, and such great results. Thanks for sharing your insights for the benefit of others!
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Hi Bengo

I concur with Monique - thanks for being an amazing advocate for us!

Regards
Vinny Lingham
CEO, SynthaSite
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I just checked my website Modern Day Daddy, and I was blown away. I'm Ranked #1 out of 700,000+ results!
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Congratulations! I am glad your hard work is paying off!
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What's crazy Monique, I've only been live for 3-4 days. In that short time, I've power packed my website with so much new, fresh content. I'm smiling ear to ear right now. Check out my home page, I added my page ranking
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Frequently updated content certainly helps your search engine ranking. Well chosen key words are also important. You seem to have hit on a good niche with your site.
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I am new to this,and do not understand many things involved well,yeah a real ....
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Camel: is there something specific we can help you with?
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Prashant: hw can i publish my site?hw i do next step regarding to synthasite?i can add video on my site?hw i can earn from this?pleaseeeeeeeeee send me detail
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Here is a link to our tutorial which explains how you can publish your site:

http://www.synthasite.com/tutorials/p...

This is how you can add video to your site:

To add a video to your page, follow these few simple steps:
1. Open the "video" folder on the right hand side of the screen and drag and drop a Google Video, Metacafe or YouTube icon onto your page.
2. In the properties sidebar on the right, click on the "browse" link
3. Browse Google Video, Metacafe or YouTube for the video you want to embed in your site
4. Copy the URL for the video from your browser window
5. Paste the URL over the default URL in the properties sidebar in SynthaSite. Hit "enter" and then click "apply"

A video will then be embedded in your web page!

Alternatively, you can easily add a video to your site with a widget from our Widgetbox Gallery, this is how:
1. Drag and drop a Widgetbox Gallery widget onto your page
2. A dialogue box will open, click on the Youtube category or search for 'video' to see all the widgets available
3. Choose the widget you would like to use on your site
4. Click on the Settings button (looks like a tool!) on the left to edit your settings
5. Click on the green 'Get Widget' button and it will be saved and added to your page
6. Save and preview your page to view the widget!
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thankful & exited about Synthasite. Absolutley brilliant. I am starting my online ambition, right from the bottom, with no money, just pure determination, drive, enthusiasm, and very much a fantasy!! You have helped to give me a good stepping stone by giving us a free site. I have and will definatley recommend your site to people & when I begin making income, I shall hope to give something back to you.

Bengo's idea is a fantastic write up and well thought. I have taken much advise and thank you for it.:))

My site is called www.supplementyourincome.synthasite.com
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Glad we could help you, Claire.
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Claire. I shot you an email on a couple thoughts
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Sounds great, I just bookmarked this page as I am building 2 sites right now on synthasite, http://www.emperorsakitas.com
And http://www.compasskenya.com
One is for my Kennel and the other is a school for orphans both in Kenya.
I just discovered it last week and it is a phenomenon. I love it. I have been looking for some tips on optimizing my websites and it looks like I just stumbled on them.
Thanks so much for taking the time to share.

By the way some related topics
I have discovered an amazing service that is totally compatible with synthasite, you just have to use widget box to install their short piece of javascript code, Its called http://www.statcounter.com it has all the stats, including unique hits where the ip address is from, what link referred them, and stores 500 unique visitors, it has bar graphs, page loads, what paths they took etc, and it is 100% free, It is installed on all my pages on the kennel website, and as you can see it is invisible. Please let me know if you have heard of a better one.

the school website has a link on the home page so that anyone can veiw my stats, check it out, to see the interface.

I also discovered a free online keyword suggestion tool its worth checking out http://freekeywords.wordtracker.com

Thanks,
Josh
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Ruth

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Thank you for the excellent links, Josh!
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I'll be checking out that statcounter. There's a lot of junk out there but that looks sincere. Thanks for sharing it.

We want to link our animal comic with more animal sites so when you're ready check out scratchinpost.com.

Bengo
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I need to add that since arranging my own domain names and linking them to Synthasite, my PageRank has bounced around and is now lower. I don't want anyone to feel misled. Domain name adjustments can be like starting over.

If you like Synthasite, consider linking your preferred domain to your site sooner rather than later, like I did.

Good news continues, however. My leading site, LilNyet.com, received over 10,000 visits last month. That site was launched April 2008.
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I read your information and it was well written and informative. I just started this endeavor and I will try some of your suggestions even though I have such a 'common' type website. I appreciate the fact that you took the time to explain and did it in a manner that was understandable.

Please visit my website and give me any feedback to help my rankings. The address is www.stayfocusedonline.com

Wishing you success!!
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I would move the My Story to its own distinct area and get immediately to the point in the main text. These means some re-writing, but you can phase it in.

I would avoid mention of internet fraudsters -- bad vibes.

I'd start with that.
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Decent. I like the detail you put into your posts, and have adopted many of your suggestions. GA is still like Greek to me and I speak fluent Italian! When you have time, how about a post on GA to help explain how to us newbees how to use the info it provides??? You have a way of explaining things that the common man can understand. Peace bra. Guido
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Thank you.

Google's own help pages for GA will solve a lot of problems, but if you like how I explain things, you will rank them about a 6 or 7. Then tend to assume you know things from reading other GA help pages, sending some people in circles.

Right now I am trying to improve my own understanding of certain things. GA means different things to people with a fun site, a business site, or a site meant to be read.

I will take your idea seriously and may be able to add some things, and I would welcome hearing specific areas where people feel confused or unable to find the data they want.
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Found this post useful, I am using googleanalytics now and watching the reports grow by day, I am updating and fine tuning my site pages weekly and finding the tutorials very useful and well written and easy to follow. Thanks synthasite. Check us out at www.arcadia.synthasite.com We want to set up an ebay shop next and link that to us for trading. Any new tips would be appreciated. Thanks
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Hidup adalah anugrah dan hidup harus memilih...
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Thank you,

I just don't understand the part about Google descriptions and such :(


I don't understand much traffic stuff,
I do know much about vb scripts and HTML coding
I wanna get more people onto My Site
Please help me understand this easier!
Thank you, bengo!

-rJ
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Remember: traffic follows content. Observe the traffic patterns of sites with good and weak content, and learn from them. You'll find useful articles and links at PsychedelicTreehouse.com.
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Every site you visit, ask yourself, would I tell a friend about this site? Why or why not?
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Personal tastes in music vary so much it is hard to pitch your favorites to others. I am no expert, but I imagine joining sites like MySpace and then joining music groups on sites that have user groups would help you find people who share your interest. As always, find music sites that are popular and study them.

Including supplemental information about the artists might help you distinguish your site and give people something to look at while they listen.
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wow... you are one good web maker!
Thanks for sharing that information!
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hi.. i tried to place the meta tag and did verify in google webmaster.. but its saying the codes didnt match.. but i just copied pasted it.. any idea whats the error about ?

study-melbourne.co.nr
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I assume you mean the Webmaster tools tag. Confusingly, you only need a portion of the code Google offers: the long number/letter sequence between the quotation marks. Install that in the appropriate box on Synthasite and see if it verifies.
Example (shortened)

"ABRH64Dj888NMKKJ" You would select and copy A through J. Don't worry if there are other symbols in the mix. Don't copy the "".
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2 1/2 months live and I think Google must like me... Now if the market and economy would get better I could see some action. As it is the over $5000 indulgences have hit the emergency brake so to speak. I have been in touch with many other playhouse builders and all of them are at a standstill with business. Mind you when I Google to find my site I never Google my own site name or URL as they are and should always be at or near the top. I only Google key words or phrases to get a real world test of what others would search for.

The one I am most happy about is the first one ;))))))))))))))) Yes that number is real.......

"play homes"
Results 1 - 10 of about 139,000,000 for play homes... Ninth on the first page.

"custom playhome"
Results 1 - 10 of about 68,900 for custom playhome... third on the first page

"custom playhomes"
Results 1 - 10 of about 49,300 for custom playhomes... third on the first page

"playhomes"
Results 31 - 40 of about 85,700 for playhomes... First on the forth page

Slowly moving up the list for "custom playhouses"
Results 71 - 80 of about 1,320,000 for custom playhouses... Tenth of the 8th page but considering I was on page 35 two weeks ago I think that this is a huge improvement

Respectable numbers I think... Too bad about the economy though...

Still gotta work on including some other key words in my content but at least I know the ones to work on now...

Ed
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Just a few more...

"new playhomes"
Results 1 - 10 of about 593,000 for new playhomes... Second on the first page

"new playhome"
Results 1 - 10 of about 1,340,000 for new playhome... Sixth on the first page

"childrens playhome"
One of my online ads is
Results 1 - 10 of about 45,600 for childrens playhome... First on the first page

"childrens playhomes"
One of my online ads is
Results 1 - 10 of about 72,600 for childrens playhomes... Second on the first page
My site
Results 1 - 10 of about 72,600 for childrens playhomes... Tenth on the 13th page
This one went up from the 30 th page 2 weeks ago as well

I am still working on adding that ever needed rich content that crawlers love to read... And for everyone who thinks that online ads, blogs and forums don't get you to the top fast I thought that too before I saw the results from hard work and sleepless nights... ;)

Now if I could only get those numbers with playhouse or playhouses... I am working on it ;)

Ed
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Okay so I am a bit stuck on keyword searching and my site ranking on the list and I am just wondering if anyone else is getting such results in such a short time (2 1/2 months)... Mind you I am quite pleased and why wouldn't I be. I am just a bit overwhelmed and also at the same time frustrated that it had to have been at a down market that I should be so lucky. Now I probably have to fight to stay on top with these searches but I am good for a battle you can say... ;)

MSN Live Search results

"Custom Playhomes"
1-10 of 36,400 results... Second and Fourth on the first page

"Custom Playhome"
1-10 of 38,600 results... Second and Fifth on the first page

"New Playhome"
1-10 of 38,800,000 results... Third on the first page

"New Playhomes"
1-10 of 51,000 results... Second and Third on the first page

"Kids Playhomes"
1-10 of 45,600 results... Seventh on the first page

"Playhome"
41-50 of 490,000,000 results... Seventh of the fifth page

"Playhomes"
1-10 of 173,000,000 results... Fourth on the first page

"Childrens Playhomes"
1-10 of 43,100 results... Eigth on the first page and First on the second

I just thought to say thanks to Synthasite for offering a great tool which allowed me to build such a site and with a FREE website built by a novice and in such a short time beat out in some cases hundreds of millions of other sites with reference to certain keywords. In addition my FREE Synthasite website has excelled and surpassed against giants in the Playhome/playhouse building world. I mean there are countless multi-million dollar companies who pay hundreds of thousands per year to get their sites to always be on top and my little old FREE site built with with Synthasite, hard work and many sleepless nights is standing it's own. I wonder how many of them are looking and thinking who in the heck is that??? Honey Bear Playhomes???

LOL

Luvin every minute of it...

Happy site building
Ed
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Glad to see your accomplishment. Well done. My previous business survived many up and down cycles. When things were slow, we cleaned the shop, put away tools, organized things. We prepared for the busy season that always returned sooner or later. I bet this down spike lasts shorter than most people thing.
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Google last night at midnight was ...

"custom playhouses"
Results 71 - 80 of about 1,320,000 for custom playhouses... Tenth of the 8th page but considering I was on page 35 two weeks ago I think that this is a huge improvement

10 hours later moved up to

"custom playhouses"
Results 51 - 60 of about 1,320,000 for custom playhouses... First on the 6th page

Nearly 3 pages up the results in less than half a day... I am on the top with most keywords with Playhomes and moving up the list with playhouses. The planets are aligning I think...

Yeah Bengo I have had several businesses and know downs and the ups... I just hope that a ladder is lowered into the well so to speak for the economy. Until then I guess all we can do is prepare huh... My tools have been missing being used as I switched from hammer and nail to mouse and monitor.

To be in the top 0.005% of my desired keywords in less than 3 months is ridiculous....................................................................................... Anyway just a little excited can you tell?
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Thats fantabulous! Nice work!
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You deserve it Ed, you've worked really hard on your site, and it shows!